East Midlands Regional Update June 2019

The East Midlands Regional Update

Regional Priorities

Our RIIA peer challenge conversations have assisted with the identification of strategic priorities for the region for the coming year:

• Effective commissioning

• Tackling social care recruitment and retention

• Improving practice methodology

• Protecting young people at risk of exploitation

• Improving QA

• Learning from reflective supervision

• Developing safeguarding partnerships

• Reducing parental conflict

• Increasing participation of Children Looked After

• Improving education outcomes for Children Looked After

• Reducing SEND pressures and improving outcomes for SEND

• Increasing school inclusion

• Contributing to teacher recruitment and retention.

The region has a clear understanding of its challenges, priorities and actions, all of which have been captured in a comprehensive RIIA improvement plan that will enable a system approach to drive further regional improvement in children’s services.

Regional Adoption Agency

We work collaboratively in the region to improve opportunities for children to be matched with their forever families. Planning for the East Midlands Regional Adoption Agency (EMRAA) is progressing in the following three areas:

• A Regional Adoption Agency (D2N2 - incorporating Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council)

• A regional partnership (L3R- incorporating Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Rutland County Council)

• Two Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CORAM and Faith in Families).

The D2N2 RAA went live on 1 April 2019 with a public launch which started on 28 May 2019. Our activities include:

• Media releases and case studies of adoption success stories for local outlets including TV, radio, press

• Organic social media from Adoption East Midlands social media accounts, shared on partner organisation accounts

• Recruitment events; promotion on partner organisations’ channels (staff newsletters, public emails, digital screen ads).

Parental Conflict

East Midlands’ local authorities have taken a creative approach to utilising the available grant from DWP in regard to parental conflict. Funding has been pooled to promote a system approach that both supports constructive challenge within local and regional partnerships and drives interventions that will increase effective parenting and improve outcomes for children and families whilst reducing the negative impact of conflict between parents on their children. We are in the process of appointing a project manager who will lead on this work, with a focus on maximising the benefits and planning for the long-term sustainability of the approaches that demonstrate positive impact.

Regional Data Platform

We have continued to build on the development of regional infrastructure for data sharing and analysis. The social care indicators have now been complemented with key education and inclusion, early years, SEND and a CSE data set. The regional data platform supports a high challenge, high support improvement framework where data is purposefully utilised in network groups and partnership approaches to safeguard children and young people better and continuously improve outcomes for children and their families in East Midlands.

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